Fermilab Teacher Fellowship Program is the brainchild of Kevin McFarlane, and began three years ago as an off-shoot of the Teacher Research Associates Program. The program brings outstanding secondary school techers to the Lab for a year to participate in research and to develop educational materials related to their experience at Fermilab. Each year one teacher is selected to hold a sabbatical position at the Lab. Fellows must commit to returning to teaching for at least two years after the completion of the Fellowship.
The appointment may be from nine to twelve months and earns a stipend of $550 per week. Fermilab expects teachers to be granted a sabbatical leave with partial pay from their school to augment the weekly stipend. Fellows have a research allowance to pay for materials needed for the educational part of their research and for travel to professional conferences to present their work.
Applications for an academic school year will be available in October and the deadline for application is December 15. Interested teachers may contact Ron Ray at 630-840-8090 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Di Cioccio, this year's Fermilab Fellowship teacher, is on sabbatical from the West Mifflin Area School District where he teaches chemistry. He is working toward certification in physics.
Gary is working at KTeV under the mentorship of Douglas Jensen and Rick Ford. The main objective of KTeV is to study the decays of neutral kaons to extract the value of the CP-violation parameter. Gary will be at the Lab from August 1998 to May 1999.
Fermilab is one of many side-trips Gary has made in his teaching career. He has spent his summers as a participant in professional development programs across the country. From organic chemistry to environmental oceanography, Gary has attended some interesting workshops and institutes. He was a TRAC teacher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1994 and held a fellowship with the American Association of Immunologists in 1997.
We suspect his students will miss Gary this year. He is an innovative teacher who is not afraid to try new teaching ideas to motivate his students. Last year he made the periodic table a piece of cake! Gary experimented with a "wacky" project giving students a month to design a poster, a T-shirt and bake a cake that represented each element on the periodic table. The cakes and posters were on display at the school gym when students were required to complete a multiple-page workshop using information from the posters and cakes. There were so many cakes that the entire student body gobbled them up.
Look forward to learning more about Gary's year at Fermilab next fall.